As fall begins, you may be called into duty. Date duty. Husband duty. To don a tuxedo for a formal shindig. In fact, that black garment has been called everything from a dinner jacket to a monkey suit, yet no matter how you slice it a man is always at his most handsome in a tuxedo.
The ageless suit is always ready and waiting for when the occasion calls for something a little bit finer. Here our man-about-gala Jake Gaines presents a look at a life of what the perfect tuxedo can do for a man’s life…
1 handmade tuxedo purchase that replaced two that were well-worn.
3 debutante balls and an assortment of debut parties for girls who always look stunning in white
3 galas. Two where the seating was perfect and one that wasn’t.
8 overnight trips where it was packed at the last minute because you just never know when the occasion might present itself.
3 weddings, 2 with the same bride because things didn’t go according to plan the first time.
1 red carpet stroll at an awards ceremony for a good friend who was being honored.
2 opening night exhibitions at rival art galleries.
1 black tie bar mitzvah where it was lost in a sea of similarity.
1 Christmas party at a mother-in-law’s house where drinks were spilled and arguments occurred.
2 scenes in an action movie
1 James Bond Halloween costume
1 marriage proposal at the Capital, which damaged the right pant leg around the knee
1 presidential inaugural ball awhile back in Washington D.C.
2 business dinners with international executives who were ready to make a deal
1 philharmonic concert
1 opera season opening night performance
1 guest appearance on a talk show where the nerves were running high
1 black tie annual auction at an alma mater private school
2 fund raisers, one for Pediatric Cancer, and the other for the Children of Darfur
1 dinner at The Austin Club with potential business partners
1 best man speech at a college roommate’s wedding
1 helluva great time any time it’s donned